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THE POWER OF DRUMS
HUYE
RWANDA
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Nothing can erase what happened between April and July 1994 in Rwanda, a genocide that left approximately one million dead, dividing the country in two and which only left rancor and suspicion, but it's possible to try to soften its effects on the memory. This is how Ingoma Nshya was born, a project where Odile Gakire Katese decided to unite Hutu and Tutsi women through the skin of a drum, creating the first female percussionist group in the country. The project arises with a double intention, to give empowerment tools to women through the drum, which until then was a cultural practice reserved exclusively for men, as well as healing wounds through reconciliation.



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INGOMA NSHYA

A small silence, and suddenly a shout of drums breaks the sound of that quiet city, the energy feels like a blow to the stomach when the group of seventeen women begins their weekly rehearsal. In a matter of seconds, those timid and reserved women explode with such force and joy that it’s impossible not to be carried away by this intensity.

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